Scrooge in the form of the IRS? Finding a notice from the Treasury Department among the Christmas cards is just not right. The editors didn’t want to be accused of creating “an image of the abdominal postman,” but hey, he did leave a special delivery package in the snow. Not wanting to reinforce that image ourselves, we give you J.C. Leyendecker’s postman of 1940. The guy has worked hard indeed, and is enjoying a pipe and hot bath for his tired feet. These days, we’ll just skip the pipe, and the footbath may plug in, but we say the hardworking postmen (and women) deserve any rest they can get.

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Title: Merry Christmas from the IRS;
Artist: Ben Prins;
Published: December 17, 1960;
© 1960 SEPS. All Rights Reserved;

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